During my Fulbright year in 1996, I was teaching and researching in Maputo based in the University Eduardo Mondelane. I had carried with me a banner from GWU, as my home base was celebrating its Sesquicentennial, and I circumnavigated with the GW flag. Following a special presentation to the governing community of the young nation, the widow of “the George Washington of MZ” (following her husband’s letter-bomb assassination twenty-five years earlier) asked to join to “raise high” the banner in hope for new beginnings.
I have continued my annual medical missions throughout Africa in the 25 years since my Fulbright experience opened many doors and encouraged “transformational learning” among my partners in each venue. In honor of my 50th year of educational efforts towards continuous improvement on behalf of the people they serve, I had been honored with installation as the first non-African Commonwealth sub-prefecture chief, with the title “Nana Kojo Katabre.” The name signifies my day of birth, Monday, and “Benevolent Healer Who Brings Us Peace.”
In reaching out to the “Furthest Peoples First,” I had founded Mission to Heal, a nonprofit health care education initiative which continues transects of Africa using modern M2H mobile surgical units for continuing education.
In the wake of the global Covid-19 pandemic, M2H will be working in the 75th Fulbright year through multinational missions continuing through Central and Eastern Africa to return, fittingly in the 2021 GWU Bicentennial, to include the golden anniversary celebration of EMU honoring the founding father of Mozambique.
Glenn W. Geelhoed – Fulbright to Mozambique 1996